Emotions move us. Reason protects us. Wisdom is knowing when to lean into which – when to let your emotions take you where they will and when to take three deep breathes and quiet them. Wisdom is knowing even our most rational thoughts are laced with predictably irrational ones. Leaders embrace this kinda ambiguity. Actually, leaders lead us through this ambiguity everyday.

Emotions move. Reason calms. Leaders get comfortable with ambiguity. Leaders understand all decisions regardless the reason, data, and logic behind them are laced with emotion. Do you see why it’s impossible to lead another without deeply understanding yourself? Do you see why leaders are reticent, reluctant, and only revealing once they’ve done the deep work within? Do you see why a strong BTL core is central to your ability to integrate emotions and reason? Do you see your tendencies? Do you tend to trust your gut or data? Do you tend to wait too long to act? Do you tend to act too often without enough reason? Are you a thermostat or a thermometer when the pressure’s on?

Emotions move. Reason calms. Leaders deftly develop both around their BTL core. Leaders just somehow know when to lean against their tendencies and when to lean into ‘em. How ’bout you?

Live hard. Love harder (Thanks, Teeks)…

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